The Quarry Explorer

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An off-road adventure into the heart of Llechwedd's Mountains

Join us for an unforgettable off road adventure.

25% discount on Quarry Explorer ‘online’ standard tickets only, Insert promo code QUARRY25 when booking online* Offer applies until September 30th 2017, *T’s and C’s apply

How do you fancy exploring our formidable slate mountains with a thrilling guided adventure in a 4 x 4 military truck? Grab hold and join us on a 1.5 hour journey to the top of our man-made summits: an extreme landscape 1400ft above sea level.

Our quarry explorer is an off road adventure that will take you right into the heart of Llechwedd’s man-made mountains. You’ll drive up high to the top of the quarry and into some of the massive craters we made by blasting the tops off our hundred-year-old caverns. You’ll learn more about how this amazing landscape was formed, and why it is now the subject of a UNESCO World Heritage Status bid.

You’ll take in views of north Wales like no other and have the opportunity to snap some great photographs!

What you’ll be exploring

Llechwedd’s mountains are completely unique: our towering summits were built by hand and hard graft – by the incredible men and boys who worked in our mines.

Colossal amounts of slate have been dug out of the earth since mining began here in the mid-19th century. Our mine extends down 16 floors – almost 1400ft down to sea level – and houses over 20 miles of hand-cut tunnels and caverns.

What is truly extraordinary is that an incredible 90% of the rock blasted out of the mines was unusable! The men heaved it to the surface using pulleys and carts, and now vast heaps of those discarded slate spoils tower above us.

Don’t forget special price if you buy the Deep Mine and Quarry Explorer together!

For Group Booking – Call us on 01766 830306 ext 001 or email to get a group discount - Each truck holds up to 20 persons

Further Q&A’s for the Quarry Explorer

How long is the tour?

The Quarry Explorer can take up to one hour and a half hours. It is essential for visitors to arrive half hour before the trip is due to commence.

What should I wear?

Comfortable footwear is required to mount the Quarry Explorer as it is a 4 x 4 military truck, also should you do any walking, surfaces can be a bit uneven in areas.

Please wear jackets in the summer and coats in the colder months.

Do you walk on the tour?

Optional - You can do a bit of walking at a couple of stop off points to take in the beautiful views and take photographs but there is not a lot of walking involved, you will be spending most of your time on the Quarry Explorer.

Note, you do not have to do any walking on the Quarry Explorer tour.

Is it suitable for babies and young children?

It is suitable for 5 years plus. Children under this age are not permitted on the vehicle due to Health and Safety.

What if it rains, do you still operate if I pre book tickets?

If it rains we give our visitors the choice of rescheduling to another day, a transfer to our underground Llechwedd Deep Mine tour or a full refund. We often find people still wish to go on the Quarry explorer tour even when it rains, but we are happy to work with our visitors on all possible options as we want you to get the best experience here at The Slate Caverns.

Are you allowed to take dogs and assistance dogs on the Quarry Explorer?

Yes subject to availability.

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